August 10, 2020

Flying Cars Highlight Air Force Event

flying cars

Some 50 vendors of electric vertical take off and landing aircraft — including flying cars — will strut their stuff next week to potential buyers across the US military services and government at the Air Force’s April 27-May 1 Agility Prime program’s virtual event.

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Maryland Secures 500,000 COVID Tests

COVID-19 Tests

MD Gov. Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan procured 5,000 COVID-19 testing kits, capable of administering 500,000 tests, from a South Korean company for $9 million.

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Pandemic Puts New Focus on Telework

Telework

Federal agencies and many companies are facing operational changes during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees are working at home in great numbers. Will these teleworking options be embraced when the health threat is over?

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Protestors Press Hogan on COVID-19 Restrictions

Hogan

ReOpen Maryland, a group organized to lobby Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to reopen businesses, educational, and religious institutions immediately, protested in Annapolis on Saturday. Some state lawmakers are also urging the governor to consider a regional approach to relaxing restrictions during the coronavirus threat.

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MD Needs Funds for COVID-19 Hotspots

COVIC-19 hotspots

The Trump administration last week designated the Baltimore-Washington corridor and 12 Maryland’s counties as emerging COVID-19 hotspots. Maryland lawmakers ask Health and Human Services secretary for additional CARES funds for hotspots and rural areas.

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Call to Replenish Paycheck Protection Program Expected

An anticipated deal between Mnuchin and Schumer plus a call from the SBA to immediate replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, suggests Congress will get an interim COVID-19 interim relief funding bill passed this week addressing small business, hospitals, and state governments.

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Defense Industry Pushes On During Outbreak

Budget Battles

The Pentagon says its defense contractors have largely avoided widespread closings or major impacts so far from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Could Roosevelt CO Be Reinstated?

Roosevelt Crozier

DefSec Mark Esper left the door open for reinstating Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was relieved of duty after he urged the Navy to step up its response to a coronavirus outbreak on the aircraft carrier.

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SoMd Engineers Find Inexpensive Ventilator Work-Around

Ventilators

Engineers working out of the University of Maryland’s TechPort UAS Business Incubator located at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport have found a way to re-engineer the small breast pumps familiar to many mothers into ventilators to help save lives impacted by COVID-19.

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Zoom Only One Security Concern

zoom

On the heels of FBI warnings about the Zoom teleconferencing tool, federal agencies are increasingly concerned about numerous vulnerabilities across as teleworking expands the surface for hacking and attacks.

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